3 Nutrition Tips to Improve Energy and Lower Stress

3 Nutrition Tips to Improve Energy and Lower Stress

Dr. Ellen Simone, Naturopathic Doctor

Stress is part of our daily lives and the constant nature of our stress can leave us feeling depleted. The more full your energy bucket easier it will be for you to adapt to stress and remain resilient. Focusing on these three simple nutrition tips to nourish the body can have a positive impact on your nervous system’s ability to manage stress and improve your energy.

Be mindful of your water intake.  Staying hydrated supports the environment your cells live in while improving focus and concentration. A fun flavorful way to infuse your water is with a wedge of lemon or lime for a zingy boost or adding some cucumber slices for a cool, calm and collected flavour.

Evaluate your coffee intake. Coffee provides an immediate energy boost but over time it can be too stimulating for your adrenal glands and can leave you feeling depleted rather than energized. Consider trying organic green tea which has a small amount of caffeine as well as a plant chemical called l-theanine which balances the effects of the caffeine leaving you feeling alert but calm. Green tea is also packed with anti-oxidants which protect your cells from damage and help clear inflammation. Speak with your naturopathic doctor about evaluating your coffee intake.

Include protein in your breakfast. Protein keeps your blood sugar stable which prevents spikes and dips in your energy. Quick sources of protein for breakfast include: eggs, turkey bacon, plain Greek yogurt, smoked salmon, chickpea hummus, nut butters (peanut, almond, cashew are delicious), seed butters (tahini made from sesame or pumpkin seed), quinoa porridge or a protein powder smoothie. Work with your naturopathic doctor or nutritionist to ensure your eating enough dietary protein to meet your individual needs.